Indicator confusion concerns

ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN: Aberdeen Road resident Brian Cameron on the corner of Roebuck Road and Aberdeen Road. The intersection is a hazardous area, he says, and it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed. Of particular concern are drivers who forget to turn off their left indicator after merging into Roebuck Road from Palmerston Road. Picture by Paul Rickard

Drivers who forget to turn off their left indicator after they merge into Roebuck Road traffic from Palmerston Road are an accident waiting to happen, says a concerned nearby resident.

Brian Cameron lives on Aberdeen Road. He often sees people pass straight through the Aberdeen Road and Roebuck Road intersection with their left indicator on, confusing drivers waiting to turn out of Aberdeen Road.

Mr Cameron said the only clue drivers were not going to turn left was the speed of their vehicle as they approached the intersection.

“But someone is going to turn right out in front of them one day and go boom,” said Mr Cameron.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen. I’d hate for it to kill anyone.”

Mr Cameron said the problem started earlier on Roebuck Road.

Drivers can leave their left indicator on unintentionally after merging into traffic from Palmerston Road, while they wait in the separate lane in the middle of Roebuck Road.

Because the merge is only a slight turn, it is not often sharp enough for indicators to automatically turn off from the turning of the steering wheel.

Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield has advised there are no plans for this intersection at the moment.

“Our priority road safety work is focused on improving safety around the immediate drop off areas at schools.

“However it’s a good reminder that drivers need to be aware and take care at intersections.”

Drivers who forget to turn off their left indicator after they merge into Roebuck Road traffic from Palmerston Road are an accident waiting to happen, says a concerned nearby resident.

Brian Cameron lives on Aberdeen Road. He often sees people pass straight through the Aberdeen Road and Roebuck Road intersection with their left indicator on, confusing drivers waiting to turn out of Aberdeen Road.

Mr Cameron said the only clue drivers were not going to turn left was the speed of their vehicle as they approached the intersection.

“But someone is going to turn right out in front of them one day and go boom,” said Mr Cameron.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen. I’d hate for it to kill anyone.”

Mr Cameron said the problem started earlier on Roebuck Road.

Drivers can leave their left indicator on unintentionally after merging into traffic from Palmerston Road, while they wait in the separate lane in the middle of Roebuck Road.

Because the merge is only a slight turn, it is not often sharp enough for indicators to automatically turn off from the turning of the steering wheel.

Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield has advised there are no plans for this intersection at the moment.

“Our priority road safety work is focused on improving safety around the immediate drop off areas at schools.

“However it’s a good reminder that drivers need to be aware and take care at intersections.”

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